Today we're kicking off a monthly series where we chat with a member of our staff to get to know them a little better. Mistine graciously agreed to be our "guinea pig" for the first post. Thanks, Mistine!
Let's start at square one. What is your role at the P² Collaborative?
My title at P² is Database Coordinator and I work mostly on Care Transformation projects. To summarize my main role, I help manage and track grants and their deliverables.
The first two programs I worked on when I started at P² were the Beacon program and the Regional Extension Center (REC) program. Later on I began to work on the Community-based Care Transitions Program (CCTP), which is wrapping up soon. My main role in all three projects was to do the milestone and deliverable tracking and to help with lot of the day-to-day management of the projects- working with partners to meet deliverables, making sure money was coming in and out, that kind of stuff.
How long have you worked here?
I started in March of 2012 and just celebrated two years with the organization.
What is your favorite thing about working at the P² Collaborative?
I like working for nonprofits in general- I find them to be exciting and the work is almost never monotonous. With my degree I do have the ability to go out and work for regular business, but I have found that by working for a nonprofit you can work on new projects, learn new things, and meet new people. It’s never the same thing every year- it’s not even the same thing every day! It keeps life interesting.
What are your hobbies and interests outside of work?
Outside of work my main hobby is gardening. I am a Cornell University Cooperative Extension Master Gardener and have been since 2011. I love to garden on my own time, but we are also required to do a certain amount of volunteer work every year as Master Gardeners. We don’t “do” gardens for people though- we teach them, answer questions and help build their skills.
I also have a hops farm called Mansfield Hops. I’m hoping that it will turn into a nice little business for me in the next few years!
Wild card: do you have any pets?
I do have a pet named Ricky, who is actually more like a child. He is a two-year-old black and white Shih Tzu and is technically my first-born child. I am pregnant right now so my incoming child will probably feel like a second-born!